"Books by the Beach!"

Author Talk:

Cheryl Chaffin

After Poland: A Memoir

Because of Primo Levi

Saturday, March 9 @ 1:00 PM


Events Calendar for January - March 

The Death and Life of Monterey Bay 

A Story of Revival 

by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka

Find full description of events and latest updates on the website: https://www.friendsofaptoslibrary.org/

January 10th – Aptos Library Book Group Discussion led by Judy McNeely ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

January 16th – La Selva Beach Library Book Group Discussion ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

January 22nd – Film Series ~ Saving Otter 501. Presented by Michelle Staedler, Otter Expert at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found, her rehabilitation and release into the wild. Learn about MBA’s otter rescue program. Popcorn provided.  Show your library can and get a free cookie!  Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Monschke Hall, Room 7100, 6:30 - 8:30pm.

January 25th - Film "The Odyssey" 2016 

Thirty years in the life of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the researcher, scientist, inventor, and filmmaker whose contributions made the general public more curious about the sea.  La Selva Beach Library at 10:00 am.

January 26th – *Speaker Series ~ Dan Haifley, Director, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and Newspaper Columnist, in collaboration with the Aptos History Museum, presents: “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay.” $10 donation requested to benefit the Aptos History Museum. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 30th – Panel Discussion~ Monterey Bay: Today’s Heroes. Dr. Richard Starr, Moss Landing Marine Labs; Ross Clark, Central Coast Wetlands Group; Dr. Melissa Miller, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Dr. Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst.; and Dr. John Hunt, UC Davis. ~ La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Avenue. ~ 7 p.m.

February month – Display of award-winning children’s picture books about beaches, sea life and environmental preservation. Selected by Julie Olsen Edwards, Cabrillo College Peace & Anti-Bias Library. ~ Youth Services Rm Aptos Library

February 6th – La Selva Beach Library Film Night. Saving Otter 501.   Second showing The film follows the 501st otter pup to be rescued by the aquarium from the time she is found, her rehabilitation and release into the wild. Learn about MBA’s otter rescue program. ~ 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

February 7th – Speaker Series ~ Nicole CraneCabrillo College faculty Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, presents her One People One Reef project documentary (produced and directed by Kelsey Doyle): Hofagie Laamlea unique project focused on sustainable oceans, indigenous people, and coral reef management in the Western Pacific. Nicole is Project co- lead for One People, One Reef. ~ Cabrillo Horticulture, Room 5005, 6500 Soquel Dr. ~ 7 – 8:30 pm

February 9th – Save Our Shores Beach Clean-up at Rio Del Mar Beach. Come pitch in to help keep our beaches clean and safe! A fun and rewarding activity for the whole family! ~ Rio Del Mar Beach ~ 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 12th – Speaker Series ~ Mark Silberstein, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF): “The Return of the Slough: Fifty years of Conservation at the Heart of MontereyBay- the story of Elkhorn Slough.” Mark will share stories of the restoration and stewardship of the slough, the progress and the challenges ahead for this rich environment. ~ Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. ~ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

February 19th – Trivia Night ~ Come show off your knowledge of facts from the book, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay. County Supervisor, Zach Friend, will be our Emcee and conduct the festivities. Bring your book clubs! Food & drink available for purchase. ~ Seascape Golf Club, 610 Club House Dr. 6 – 8 p.m. ~ RSVP requiredfriendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org

February 21st – Author Talk ~ Join us for a conversation with Author Stephen Palumbi, Professor, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, and Mark Carr, Professor of Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, as they discuss the fascinating history of Monterey Bayand the people who have had an impact on its inhabitants, both human and marine. Co-sponsored by Save Our Shores. Introduction by Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences. ~ Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall ~ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

February 27th – Film Series ~ Of the Sea. Presented by Melissa Mahoney, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. Tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. Popcorn provided. Show your library card and get a free cookie! ~ Aptos Library Conference Room ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

March 2nd – *Docent-led walk at Elkhorn Slough. Come learn all about the slough and why it has been designated a Wetland of international Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Hiking trails through marshes, woodlands and tidal creeks where you can see pelicans, herons, egrets, sea lions, otters and... maybe sharks! Bring a picnic lunch if you wish. ~ Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center ~ 9:30 a.m. to noon.

March 7th – Aptos High School and Delta School “Art and Poetry” Event. Students will present original works of poetry, and personal stories relating to the book. An exhibition will be on display by AHS art students and Delta School students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay. Come see and applaud the creativity and imagination of these young people! ~ Aptos High School Performing Arts Building ~ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

March 10th – *Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari. Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California's most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27-foot, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected pontoon boat. Fun and informative for the whole family! $30 per person, only 22 seats available. ~Dock"A" Moss Landing South Harbor, 7881 Sandholdt Rd ~ 11 am – 1 pm ~ RSVP required: friendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org

March 14th – Lunch with Steinbeck ~ Topsy Smalley, Research Librarian and Cabrillo College Librarian Emerita will lead a fun discussion of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Come get your literary fix and enjoy delicious barbecue  while discussing this timeless tale of Doc (based on the real Ed Ricketts) and the people who inhabited the cannery district of Monterey during Steinbeck’s time. Fundraising ~ Bring your friends: 15% of the proceeds will be donated by Aptos St. BBQ to the Friends of the Aptos Library ~ Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St.~ 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

*All events are open to the public, and all are free except where noted with*


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   The Friends of the La Selva Beach Library have made the Library a central part of the community.  Activities, such as the Sand Castle Building Classes, Book Clubs, e-reader workshop and the Summer Programs, have brought patrons back to our Library.
    The LSB chapter was formed in the fall of 2009 after our branch received drastic cuts in hours. The chapter has been raising funds with local book sales and donations from our community.
    The chapter organized a browsing collection of bestsellers for library patrons and underwritten successful workshops.  They purchased a bar code duplicating machine to add the additional bar codes  required for the self check machines, installed at all branches.  Chapter member volunteers utilized the machine to add the bar code to our collection and then the machine was given to the library system for use at other branches. 
    In 2010 the Friends of LSB Library celebrated the 60th birthday of the branch with readings by children's authors, a reptile show, an exhibit of e-readers and of course, birthday cake.
    The Friends continue to find ways of serving the community.  They are underwriting the after school program which includes Homework Help, Lego Machines, Wii, Minecraft and other activities.  We are supporting a "Homework Helper" program for all students. We are also researching possibilities for additional workshops and activities for adults.  We now have a Movie discussion group, Movie Club, two book groups, and an arm chair travel.
The chapter is also pro-active in updating and refurbishing the LSB Library interior.  We have replaced the chairs and table and installed shades for the windows.
    If you have ideas that would enrich our Library please contact us. 

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